Chanel Jade Nail Collection for Winter 2009

Chanel Jade Le Vernis

Chanel Jade Nail Collection

Peter Philips, Global Creative Director of CHANEL Makeup, created the Jade Nail Collection with two limited edition nail enamels in sure-to-be-coveted colors “Jade” and “Jade Rose” for the Ready-to-Wear Autumn/Winter 2009-2010 runway show. These mineral-inspired shades transform the nails into genuine gems and recall the jade jewelry and the pink knit and pistachio tweed of the fashion collection.

“For the nails, Karl wanted a green shade to evoke the jade notes of the collection. I worked with our laboratories to offer him a monochromatic palette of 10 green shades. We chose the color that most resembled the green tweed skirt suit from the collection,” explains Peter Philips.

Availability:  The CHANEL Jade Nail Collection debuts on September 10th at the CHANEL Soho Boutique in New York City in celebration of Vogue’s Fashion Night Out. Starting the 11th of September, The Jade Nail Collection will be sold for limited time exclusively at, CHANEL Makeup Studios and CHANEL boutiques for $25.00.

Givenchy Poetique Blues Prismissime Eyes

This is one of the more pigmented Givenchy palettes I’ve played with, so I’m happy to see they increased the pigmentation level in the latest limited edition palettes. There’s also a good assortment of shades, though two of them are close to another two within the palette, so that’s a bit of a downer. If you’re not a fan of shimmers and frost finishes, you’re not going to like this palette (or most other Givenchy palettes for that matter).

Givenchy always excels at making packaging functional and sleek, and this fall is no exception. The eyeshadows themselves look funky (in a good way!) and the outside casing is pretty. They do include three different sized sponge-tipped brushes underneath the eyeshadows, though I’d never use them unless in a pinch (use real brushes if you can!).

Even though Givenchy is a high-end, closer-to-luxury brand of cosmetics, its eyeshadow palettes are extraordinarily priced. Normally, palettes are less expensive (by the ounce) than single eyeshadows, but with Givenchy, you’d be getting more for your money by buying single eyeshadows! (For reference, the palette is $441.67/oz. vs. single eyeshadow at $383.33/oz.)

Recommendation: One of the nicest Givenchy palettes this year with better color pay off and a good assortment of shades perfect for fall (and winter, too!)… it’s just on the pricey side and doesn’t come cheap.

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Beauty on a Budget: Adventure at Walmart


Beauty on a Budget: Adventure at Walmart

Have you checked out your local Walmart lately? If you know me, I’m not the biggest drugstore beauty gal, and it’s mostly because they’re all too inconveniently located. Walmart is my nearest outlet for mass retail brands like Almay, CoverGirl, Maybelline, Physician’s Formula, Revlon, etc. If there’s one item that always tempts me whenever I’m looking at budget beauty items, it’s mascara. Rarely does high-end, pricey mascara so out perform more affordable mascaras, so you can count me among the curious whenever there’s a new mascara everyone’s buzzing about.

When Walmart asked me to snoop through their beauty aisles and tell you about what I saw, I figured, “Why not?” It was something I was totally game for, because who doesn’t like to look at beauty products? (At least, a beauty addict wouldn’t say no, right?) My local Walmart contains about four or five aisles lined with cosmetics, and it pretty much seems to be home to nearly every major mass cosmetic brand I’ve heard of. It also has some smaller brands I hadn’t heard of like Black Radiance, CQ, and Illusions. I went early in the morning (before 10AM), because I wanted time to peruse and not worry about being in anyone’s way since I was just being a big snoop. Another benefit of being an early bird customer was everything was clean and organized.

I don’t know why, but every time I see the displayers full of eyeshadows, I am surprised to see brighter, bolder colors like lime green and turquoise amongst the neutrals. My mind is still stuck in the past, I guess–back when brands were all about neutrals and tamer shades. I also saw a lot of different eyeshadow/blush palettes or compacts with embellished designs or patterns, which reminded me of some of the cult favorites from high-end brands.

It’s always good to see what’s available at a lower price point, particularly if you’re on a tighter budget. There are just some things you don’t need, and there are other things you can substitute for and never miss the more expensive version. I always stock up on my favorite tried-and-true mascaras like Maybelline Full ‘n Soft and CoverGirl Lash Blast, while I grab cotton balls, swabs, and pads for easy makeup removal, too. They also had a ton of the *cutest* makeup bags that were really hard to resist! I have to assess the makeup bag situation here at home before I let myself cave into a matching set.

What products and brands do you use when you’re on a budget?

What budget-friendly brands do you love even when you’re not on a budget

Tarte on Sale @ The Fairest! Smashbox on Sale @ HauteLook!

Today, The Fairest has a Tarte sale in progress! I actually wrote up a little “Best of Tarte” post over at Who’s the Fairest? blog.  I definitely recommend the “Intro to Tarte” set and the “EyeQuatic” set.

When you join from our invite link, you will receive $5 (and I will receive $5, to be clear) when you make you first purchase. Also, it also helps us track how many people we’ve turned onto The Fairest and let’s us (and The Fairest!) know more about the Power of Temptalia. :)

P.S. – The Fairest is currently only shipping to U.S. residents right now. If and when anything changes, I’ll definitely pass the word along!

Gilt Groupe is featuring a Smashbox sale today! I’m inviting you to join if you aren’t already a member (Gilt is invite-only). I’m pretty excited, and I’m hoping there’ll be some stuff I’ve been wanting available, too!

Chanel Rouge Allure Laque for Winter 2009

Chanel Rouge Allure Laque

Chanel Rouge Allure Laque for Winter 2009

Discover the new incarnation of iconic ROUGE ALLURE lipstick — a liquid lip colour inspired by the legendary lacquered Coromandel screens in Mademoiselle’s rue Cambon apartment. Intensely rich colour and patent-like shine last up to eight hours. Temptingly creamy texture and fuller coverage feel deeply indulgent from the very first touch. A unique applicator in an elegant case provides perfectly precise application. Available in eight stunning shades.

Rouge Allure Laque / Luminous Satin Lip Lacquer ($32.00)

  • Santal Nude
  • Ming Nude rose
  • Phoenix Candy pink
  • Mandarin Coral
  • Dynastie Pink
  • Coromandel Red
  • Dragon True red
  • Imperial Deep rose

Rouge Allure / Luminous Satin Lip Colour ($30.00)

  • Mythic Light beige
  • Orientale Rose beige
  • Fatale Deep plum

Le Vernis / Nail Colour ($23.00)

  • Ming Pink
  • Coromandel Deep red
  • Dragon True red
  • Imperiale Brown

Availability: October 2009

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L’Oreal Extra Volume Collagen Waterproof Mascara Review, Photos, Comparisons

L’Oreal’s latest mascara does add volume, thicken lashes, and it’s fairly black in pigment–but it just doesn’t do it with excellence. It’s okay; not bad, not fabulous. I liked the length it gave, but I found it clumped quickly, because it also dried very fast (by mascara standards). Thickness was so-so as was volume. Lashes definitely looked longer and fuller, but Voluminous does this job better and more effectively.

Not that I appreciate a particularly wet mascara, but this one dries a little faster than you can work, which results in clumping and unevenness in thickening. I found clumping wasn’t too bad if you got the excess off the brush first (my inner corner lashes were done where the brush had far too much product on it, and thus, Clump City). The brush itself has very stubby bristles, which is why it can easily lead to clumps if you don’t work quickly or wipe off the excess off your brush first. This mascara wand just isn’t designed to separate lashes, so you definitely need a lash comb/clean mascara wand to do that post-application.

Even though it was pretty average in a lot of areas, one area that it faired better in was holding up to its waterproof claim and not drying my lashes out. Often waterproof formulations lead to dry, crispy lashes, but my lashes still felt fairly soft and not at all stiff/hard. Like most waterproof mascaras, make sure you have a good oil-based makeup remover on hand to make for an easy removal process.

I’m a big believer in the truth’s in the photos–so see for yourself and let me know what you think!

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